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Cardiovascular Disease Screening a Must For Young With Lifestyle Risks

Friday, September 28, 2012
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Cardiovascular Disease Screening a Must For Young With Lifestyle Risks
Taking a smoke break several times a day to relax and a couple of light beers in the evening on the way home is now commonplace among the young working population.

A recent study revealed that over 50% of young adults do not get screened despite having a couple of risk factors for developing cardiovascular diseases.

Smoking, drinking, eating out (usually fast food) and leading a sedentary lifestyle is an accepted cultural practice as work schedules are more demanding that people feel compelled to take downtime in the evening.

Studies show that almost half of young adults positively have at least one cardiovascular disease risk factor.

  1. Smoking
  2. Hypertension
  3. Obesity
  4. Family history of disease

Researchers reported that the blood cholesterol levels of those who were assessed did not show an increase, however despite having cardiovascular risks less than 50% were/are screened for high cholesterol levels.



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31 May, 2012 | Mohamad | Reply

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01 February, 2012 | Varsha Pandya | Reply

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Published in Lancet (Jan 30) - Dr Richard J McManus (University of Oxford, UK) and Dr Jonathan Mant (University of Cambridge, UK) feel that the new findings reinforce existing guidance stating that blood pressure should be measured in both arms and that this "should become part of routine care, as opposed to a guideline recommendation that is mostly ignored.

They strongly feel that the findings from their study should be incorporated into future guidelines for hypertension and blood-pressure measurement to justify bilateral brachial measurement to promote targeted screening for peripheral vascular disease and aggressive risk-factor management in subjects with a demonstrable . . . difference."

13 December, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar There is new evidence that says that stimulants and other medications used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) confer no increased risk for serious cardiovascular events, according to a study published online December 12 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.Such a relief!!

08 March, 2011 | Health Insurance | Reply

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26 September, 2010 | Pulkit Singh | Reply

Pulkit Singh Apart from mandatory medical check -ups, many companies have made their work places smoke free zones and provide facilities like in built gym which employees can use in or after their office hours.

27 September, 2010 | Sangeetha Narayana Swamy | Reply

Sangeetha Narayana Swamy Though we dietitians counsel the person regarding the diet and exercise regimen during the preventive screening and advise them to control the weight and lipids from a very young age, the onus of following the same is solely on the individual. Some think that because they are young, no exercise and haywire diet cannot wreck a havoc on their health which is not true. We should make them understand that they are responsible for their own health and practice healthy eating and physical activity.

26 September, 2010 | Shraddha | Reply

Shraddha -Exercise regularly. Take stairs instead of lifts wherever possible. Park your vehicle farther so that you can walk down to you office.
-Eat healthy diet. One can even try out a new healthy recipe every week e.g. some low fat or high fiber recipe. It would not only be fun but also keep you motivated to eat healthy
-Keep tab on sugar, caffeine, alcohol and salt and fat intake
-Use cooking methods like fermentation, steaming, poaching, braising, roasting, stir frying more often
-Get regular check- ups like lipid profile, blood glucose, blood pressure especially if you have sedentary lifestyle and\or family history of chronic lifestyle diseases.
-Avoid smoking.

23 September, 2010 | Harsha Verma | Reply

Harsha Verma Dear Shweta,
You are absolutely right. I am working as dietitian in a hospital in Delhi for past 4 years and this is very common phenomena. Even if a person has family history of diseases like diabetes or CHD then also awareness of preventive screening not very high. Most of the times patients visit doctor for any other related complication and then they get to know the underlying problem.

23 September, 2010 | Mohit Garg | Reply

Mohit Garg Awareness needs to be created about preventive screening especially amongst those who have family history of chronic lifestyle diseases or lead a sedentary lifestyle.

20 September, 2010 | Kanika Jain | Reply

Kanika Jain With the statistics showing that even people in late 20s and 30s are suffering from cardiovascular diseases, spreading the message of taking care of heart has become even more important.
World heart day (26th September) is round the corner. Lets pledge to take care of our hearts in best possible way we it increasing physical activity or eating more sensibly or even getting screened regularly.
Every small step towards healthy heart matters.

15 September, 2010 | Shweta Verma | Reply

Shweta Verma I think many people are not yet open to idea of preventive screening. Until and unless they feel that there is something wrong with their body they don’t turn up for screening. So awareness needs to be created especially for screening of lifestyle related diseases. Timely detection is of utmost importance.

18 September, 2010 | Sangeetha Narayana Swamy | Reply

Sangeetha Narayana Swamy Very true Shweta, people have to know the advantages of preventive screening. It helps in early detection of any disorder. When detected early controlling and preventing becomes a easier task. Men and women above the age of 40 should definitely undergo a annual medical check. Even if the company is not getting it done, personally we should be responsible and get it done. Prevention is always better than Cure!

15 September, 2010 | Kanika Jain | Reply

Kanika Jain Many corporate houses have compulsory annual medical checkups for their employees. It is a good move which should be followed by other companies too. Prevention is always better than cure. Regular screening would facilitate early detection of various diseases (or even risk e.g. borderline cholesterol etc.).
Thanks and regards,
Kanika Jain

09 September, 2010 | Ramki | Reply

Ramki I am 32 yrs old and I do have a stressful job (who does not, I mean) I do not smoke or eat red meat..I am a social drinker and eat dense carbs and low fat foods. I exercise to keep fit.Is screening absolutely required for me and if yes, what screening should I get done?

13 September, 2010 | Sangeetha Narayana Swamy | Reply

Sangeetha Narayana Swamy Dear Ramki,

You can undergo a complete health check up for people under 40, which will have all the relevant tests like complete blood check including lipid profile, Treadmill test, chest x-ray, ultrasound scan etc which will give a picture of your health.

You should get a health check done once a year if you have family history for any cardiac disease or lifestyle disorders. Otherwise you can start these health checks by the age of 40.

If your reports are normal, then maintaining a healthy weight, consuming a healthy diet with good exercise regimen should be good.

11 September, 2010 | Vijayalakshmi | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Hello Ramki, since we do not not know your BMI, family and personal history of CVD it is difficult to assertively say, Yes or NO with regard to lipid profile and stress test. We suggest you talk to your family physician and take the call. However it probably would be a good idea for getting a lipid profile done once every 3 yrs till you touch 40 yrs and/or show no symptoms or feel queasy.

07 September, 2010 | Vijayalakshmi | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Its a mindset with most youngsters that only after 50 plus years there is a need for screening. They do not realise that with change in both diet and life style they are more prone to health problems at a much younger age than earlier, and the friend who landed up with a health problem is not just a case study but a part of the statistics.

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